Narrowing definitions: Aisle vs. isle

Oh what a difference a mere letter makes! The difference between these two words are oceans apart.

An aisle is the spacing in which one can between two other objects, such as shelves or pews. Hence, The aisles in Los Angeles supermarkets are wider than those in Boston grocery stores, he thought.

An isle is a shortened version of island. To wit, Alcatraz is an isle off the San Francisco coast. In addition, an isle also can refer to items analogous to an island, such as a kitchen isle.

Just remember: Mix up these words, and your readers may leave your book stranded on an isle, like Robinson Crusoe.


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